The Israeli Military Prosecution has canceled the hearing in the case of West Bank protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, that was scheduled for Sunday.
The Military Prosecution announced today that the hearing in Bassem Tamimi’s trial scheduled for coming Sunday will be canceled due to the prosecutor’s inability to attend. Tamimi is imprisoned since late March this year, but no witnesses has yet been heard by the court.
Tamimi’s wife, Nariman said, “My husband is rotting in their jail for nearly half a year because he dared organizing peaceful protest against the theft of our lands, but not one shred of evidence has yet been heard by the judge. But their vindictiveness won’t stop us – we will continue demanding our freedom and our rights”.
Tamimi’s next hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21st.
By Popular Struggle Coordination Committee: 07 September 2011
Due to technical delays last week, the session on Sunday will see prosecution witnesses take the stand for the first time. Among them the main witness, 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub, who incriminated Tamimi after being unlawfully interrogated.
When: Sunday, September 11th, 2011 at 1:30 PM Where: Ofer Military Court* * Entry to the military court must be coordinated with the Israeli army’s spokesperson’s office in advance.
Tamimi is incarcerated since late march and the coming hearing, after more than 5 months of imprisonment, is the first in which the allegations will actually be discussed in court. Proceedings in the case have been prolonged after prosecution witnesses did not bother to show up to a previous hearing on June 27th.
Among those scheduled to testify on Sunday is 14 year-old Islam Dar Ayyoub, also from Nabi Saleh, who was taken from his bed at gunpoint on the night of January 23rd. In his interrogation the morning after his arrest, Islam alleged that Bassem and Naji Tamimi organized groups of youth into “brigades”, charged with different responsibilities during the demonstrations: some were allegedly in charge of stone-throwing, others of blocking roads, etc.
During a trial-within-a-trial procedure in Islam’s trial, motioning for his testimony to be ruled inadmissible, it was proven that his interrogation was fundamentally flawed and violated the rights set forth in the Israeli Youth Law in the following ways:
Despite being a minor, he was questioned in the morning following his arrest, having been denied sleep.
He was denied legal counsel, although his lawyer appeared at the police station requesting to see him.
He was denied his right to have a parent present during his questioning.
He was not informed of his right to remain silent, and was even told by his interrogators that he is “expected to tell the truth”.
Only one of four interrogators present was a qualified youth interrogator.